Our expert says:
Well, newK, the basic assessmernt by a shrink is done by talking. If there is concern that the degree of your alcohol abuse might have caused physical damage, then a psychiatrist ( who is also medically qualified ) might think of doing a physical examination, or might refer you to a GP or general physician for that. If there was reason to be concerned about significant liver damage, they might want to take a modest blood sample to check on how well your liver is functioning. Ask the shrink for an explanation and discussion of treatment plans. "Detox" should take a few weeks, to get you fully withdrawn from the influenc of the alcohol, and fully physically fit, and could well include medication cover for the withdrawal phase, to elp make it more safe and comfortable ; and it should be followed by rehab, with regular visits to a shrink for counselling and support, maybe some modest medication used, and maybe some group work.
Hearty congratulations on your resolve to proceed and not to allow yourself to turn round or avoid ghetting the help that you need. Good luck, and come back to the forum later to tell us how you're getting on.
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